Syphilis and HIV co-infection

Internal Medicine Department, Soroka University Medical Center, P.O. Box 151, Beer Sheva, Israel.
European Journal of Internal Medicine (Impact Factor: 2.89). 02/2009; 20(1):9-13. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejim.2008.04.002
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Syphilis is a complex disease, which is sexually transmitted. The incidence of syphilis is rising all over the world, partly due to the increased transmission in HIV patients and other high risk groups such as men who have sex with men. Interestingly syphilis itself facilitates HIV infection in several ways. Great importance exists in recognition of both diseases and their complex interactions. This article will review the manifestations of syphilis in the context of HIV infected patients, and the challenging diagnosis and management of these patients.

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    • "The secondary stage is characterized by the high variability of cutaneous findings. However, unusual clinical manifestations of syphilis may be more common in HIV-infected patients [1]. "
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    • "Syphilis may affect the natural history of HIV infection, and unusual clinical manifestations of syphilis and neurosyphilis may be more frequently seen in HIV-positive patients [9,10]. Although the relationship between these two diseases remains controversial, the course of syphilis seems to be more rapid and malignant in HIV-positive patients [9,10]. "
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    • "Disease course is altered in T. pallidum and HIV co-infections; there is a higher rate of asymptomatic infection, a faster progression to secondary disease which is often more aggressive with a significant predisposition for the development of neurological complaints. However, after treatment HIV positive patients recover as well as the HIV negative population [13,14]. In co-infections of HIV and Leptospira species. "
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